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Castles!



In Poland there are so many castles, especially near towns, that you don't need to look for them... they find you! They are everywhere and they beat what you find in England... by about a million miles. (Ok maybe not Windsor, but Wavel is close!) Henry's Hampton Court is comparable to what you find in Warsaw, the Royal Palaces and the red Royal Castle. (The courtyard of this building in the old town feels just like Henry's brick courtyard at Hampton Court!).


Kurnik Castle.


As you can see its a mixture of Italian renaissance styles. There is lots of gothic in there as well. Thank you Rafal and Beata for showing us this!
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Inside the library and armoury
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KAISAR's Palace, Poznan!

Ok we can't call this a Polish castle, but I was very excited to see this building and it was at the top of my list for things to see in Poznan! People were saying to us that you can't get in, but you can! It is a fabulous example of early 20th century magnificence! It was built as a present for the last German Kaisar, about the same time as the Titanic! At the entrance we asked them how to get inside and they said they don't charge money for it because `its just a bunch of empty corridors'. Walking through the empty corridors I thought, `Ah, no wonder this guy thought he could take over the world!'. The building is just so well done! There is also a `courtyard' which looks similar to the one at Wewelsburg, with round towers.


The front is spectacular neogothic! The attention to detail is stunning and you need to get out your viewing glasses back then, or telephoto today, to take it in!
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Impressive!
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Nice Bathroom
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The Room in which Hitler held a conference/award ceremony. A security guard came around and Beata told him that we have a visitor who'se come all the way from Australia so he went to get the keys to show us the Hitler rooms! He showed us Hitler's secret elevators and rooms he used. He had secret passages to get between the rooms.
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Nite!
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My favourite castle in the whole world!




This is Golub Dobzin Castle. It had some other names in the past as well. I wish it was mine! It is so picturesque! It belonged to the Teutonic Knights, but has had a lot of different owners since. One of them even stuck a house to it!






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This is Frankenstein castle in Silesia. Very nice!

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^More Frankenstein castle

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^ More Frankenstein Castle


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^Malbork Castle. (Marienburg). I don't really like this castle as it's a symbol of tyranny and oppression, (just like every castle). Nevertheless, it's the biggest castle in the world, and to be honest it's a little boring despite being an incredible tour which took us 7 hours! It has an angry energy about it.



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